The welfare of our volunteers, supporters and staff along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service is our priority.

We have taken the decision to close all RNLI shops, museums and visitor centres, including the College in Poole, with immediate effect. Our lifeboat stations remain operational and we will continue to respond to those in need but will not be open to visitors. This will be reviewed week commencing 11 May 2020.

Please email any queries regarding future bookings at the college to and a member of the team will be able to help.

Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea – and they need your support more than ever.

Support us

RNLI College in Poole is the home of RNLI training, where willing lifeboat volunteers from across the UK and Ireland are trained to become able crew members.

It’s also a hotel, conference venue, wedding venue and event venue like no other - a home from home for our family of supporters.

When you stay at the RNLI College hotel, eat in the restaurant, drink at the café bar, buy gifts in the shop, attend an event or a tour, or host your corporate or private event here, every £1 you spend helps save lives at sea. And you’ll be in good company too, rubbing shoulders with our brave lifesavers.

Formerly known as the Lifeboat College, RNLI College is a centre of training excellence, not only for our lifeboat crews but for our seasonal lifeguards too. RNLI College Discovery Tours take you behind the scenes so you can see our world-class training facilities first-hand, including the Sea Survival Centre and lifeboat simulator.

You’re welcome at the RNLI training college any time. And you can even buy RNLI College gift vouchers to share your lifesaving experience with your crew.

Barmouth Lifeboat Crew pose for a group photo
Every £1 you spend at the College helps save lives at sea.

Every £1 you spend will help us weather the storm

RNLI College raises vital funds to help save lives at sea. And right now, every £1 you spend will mean more than you know.

Our lifeboat crews are facing their toughest time ever. With more and more people needing their help, and too many still drowning, they have never been busier. But our income is down. And if they have any hope of reaching people safely and in time, they need vital training, protective kit, well-equipped lifeboat stations and the fastest lifeboats. These things make all the difference when lives are on the line.

Every £1 you spend at RNLI College will help them weather the storm and make a lifesaving difference. Not only to the people we rescue and their loved ones, but to the crew and their families too. And means we will be there for you and yours for generations to come.

Recognised by Trip Advisor

  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Dorset Tourism Award Gold 2016